Whether you’re a first-time homeowner or you’re a veteran settling into your latest house, you’ll quickly realize that a lot goes into furnishing a new home. Some essentials seem obvious, but other products and gadgets may be missing from your checklist. From kitchen must-haves to bathroom necessities to incredible host gifts for the homeowner who (seemingly) has everything, we’ve compiled a gift guide full of items you won’t want to miss out on.
Bedroom & Living Room Essentials
When it comes to furnishing your comfier living spaces, namely the bedrooms and living room, there’s quite a bit of overlap between the must-haves. In both of these spaces, it’s important to invest in quality lighting: That means finding great lamps, from the AUKEY Touch Sensor Bedside Color-Changing and Dimmable Lamp to the Miroco LED Floor Lamp, and sun-blocking drapes for those days when you just need to sleep in. Both spaces also benefit from creative storage solutions — try wall-mounted floating shelves to store books and knick-knacks — as well as a healthy dose of wall art, which requires quality picture frames and wall-hanging kits.
Kitchen Must-Haves & Small Appliances
When you’re moving into your first house or apartment, there are a few must-haves you’ll want on hand before you even move, many of which are kitchen-related. These staples include trash bags and cans, sponges, cleaning supplies, paper products, shelf liners, drawer organizers and dish soap. However, there are some other utility items that you might’ve left off that initial checklist, such as smoke detectors and a fire extinguisher — for when that kitchen stuff goes awry. (But hopefully it won’t!)
Closet Organization Gadgets & Utility Items
While some rooms get all the fun, the closet is often full of less-exciting — but highly satisfying — items. In addition to the cleaning supplies mentioned above, be sure to buy a good stock of light bulbs and batteries — the things you only think about once it’s too late. As far as other utility-type items go, a new home can feel even more well-equipped when you invest in small, practical gadgets, like a Coleman LED flashlight and the Cartman 148-Piece Tool Set — you know, a robust, non-IKEA brand toolbox.
Although it may not cross your mind on a day-to-day basis, your bathroom is likely chock-full of small items you can’t live without — or items that seem like they come standard with any bathroom, but, in reality, don’t. These include a rust-resistant shower rod, a fresh mold-resistant shower curtain and liner, a Schluter Systems shower drain (to catch all that pesky hair) and a plunger.
Patio & Outdoor Space Necessities
Over the years, you’ve probably accumulated a few inexpensive, portable camping chairs when it seemed like something bigger and better wasn’t worth the investment. But if you’re a new homeowner, clearly it’s time for something a bit more functional. Whether you have access to a backyard, patio or porch, there’s a patio set out there to fit any space and budget. One of our favorites is the Safavieh Rocklin Teak Brown 4-Piece Wood Patio Conversation Set, an elegant spin on the classic picnic table that’s both comfortable and durable.
Unique Host Gifts for the Homeowner Who Has Everything
Okay, so maybe you’re feeling quite settled at home, but it’s your friend who has moved recently. If that’s the case, you’ll want to lend to their good vibes and excitement with a unique gift that complements their home and adds some functionality. That is, if you can afford to skip out on decorative knick-knacks or candles, it’ll go a long way in completing your buddy or family member’s space.